When waterfront businesses sued the city early this summer over fears that plans for the Elliott Bay Seawall Project would sink them, one of their own came to the rescue. Bob Donegan, current chair of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, negotiated payments by the city (capped at $15 million) to offset losses to businesses while they’re closed for nine months—likely speeding up the project and saving money for the city in the long run. It’s a fitting gesture by Ivar’s CEO during the 75th anniversary year of the beloved Seattle-based seafood chain.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.